At last! Everything was ready, every last detail already taken care of. Now there were only two things left to do: 1) Go to the cabin and arrange everything, and 2) ask her!
There were four simple words: would you marry me?
See! Piece 'o cake
but then why the hell was it so hard to get those words out of his throat!?
Touya looked at the engagement ring lying on his desk; he closed the tiny box, and hid it in inside a drawer. He sighed. It was going to a long rest of the week.
The day had come!
Touya drove to Camp Clamp to pick Kohane up. They didn't live together because Kohane was more conservative in that aspect of their relationship, but at least the house she lived in was close to his apartment. Every day Touya picked her up at her place and drove her to work. They didn't work in the same place, he was the Chief Resident at Tokyo's Hospital and she was a teacher at Camp Clamp. It didn't bother him, not at all, but he wished for them to get ready at the same place, to have the same breakfast at the same table, to share the same bed
"Hey!" said Kohane as she was getting inside the car.
"Hey, Darling. How was your day?"
Damn! He started wondering if she even heard the sound of his voice over the loud roar of his heart, because he
didn't! Her mouth was moving, she must've been talking, he was sure of that, but he heard nothing but the sound of his own dreaded heart.
He was parking in front of Kohane's house. The nerves were eating him alive, it was now or never, and never was getting pretty darn close.
"Is there something wrong?" asked Kohane somewhat concerned, for Touya had been staring at her for a while.
thinking," he cleared his throat. Kohane took his hand, which was holding tight on the steering wheel. "Did you know that a comet is passing by Earth this weekend?"
"Yes, I think I mentioned I wanted to see it," she said and smiled.
"Kohane," he started saying, but his mouth was dry, his heart pounding, and chills and sweat were crawling all over his body. He sighed once again and summoned all his courage. "Would you like to watch the comet with me?" Touya was pleased by Kohane's surprised reaction, and then by how fast her eyes soften.
"I'd love to," both smiled at each other.
" he tried to force the words out, he had to let her know where he actually wanted to take her, or else it'd look like he just intended to sleep with her, which of course he was completely fine with, but he didn't want her to think he was a jerk.
"Well, you know that with so much pollution in the city, it is hard to see the night sky. So I rented a cabin for both of us to spend the weekend there, and thus watch the comet together."
"I'd love to spend the weekend with you, Touya-kun
wait! This weekend? But that means
"Yes, I'll come and pick you up tomorrow at two," he winked at her and got out of the car and went to open the door for her. At least he was getting some
of his confidence back. Kohane chuckle softly. He wasn't going to give her much of a choice was he? Touya opened the door and helped Kohane out. They bid good bye, she got on her toes and kissed his cheek. He waved as she ran inside the house. Once she was out of sight Touya got inside his car and started hitting his head against the steering wheel, making the honk sound. If this was how he felt by just asking her to spend the weekend with him he didn't want to imagine how he'd react when he asked her to marry him.
The sound of her alarm clock was what got her out of bed. She had hardly slept last night thinking about the trip they were going to take; thinking about where they were going, what they were going to do, and what would
She was sitting in the living room waiting for him when he arrived.
The drive lasted about three hours. When they finally arrived to their destination Kohane was marveled by the beauty of the western style cabin. Touya helped Kohane with her luggage and guided her to her room. Once she was settled he said:
"I have a surprise for you!" his eyes were sparkling with a slight mischief and his voice full excitement.
"Right now?" asked Kohane confused.
"No, later. But I want you to stay here, and no matter what happens and what you do do not
go outside this room. Be ready at 7:30," he took her hand and kissed it.
He smiled and headed for the door.
"Wear something pretty," he said before he left the room. 7:30!!!
There was barely enough time to get ready.
Touya run downstairs as silently as he could. He wanted to check on the decoration progress before he started to get ready.
"So, Yuki, how's it going it? Is everything ready?" Touya asked anxiously when he saw Yukito.
"Everything's ready Touya. Don't worry!" said Yukito, trying to calm his friend down; he was looking so anxious and apprehensive his hands wouldn't stop shaking and his forehead was full of sweat. "We just need to light the candles. But you go get ready, I'll take care of everything," he patted Touya in the back and lightly pushed him inside the cabin.
"And what about y
" he started to say but Yukito interrupted him.
"Touya, don't worry!
We'll be out before 7:30."
Touya sighed in relief; he went inside to get ready.
Kohane looked out the window, it was getting dark, and some stars were starting to be visible. She better get ready or else she'd be late. She exited the bathroom and went inside her room. To her surprise there was a beautiful kimono on the bed. It was of a lovely light blue color, with a cherry blossom pattern, and a silver obi. There was a small note on top of that delicate gift. Kohane took it in her hands and read it. Please wear this kimono; I have a surprise waiting for you downstairs. I'll see you in a bit.
Love Touya. "A surprise?"
she thought. "Well, I'm not missing that,"
Kohane smiled, and looked at the kimono one last time before putting it on.
---------- ---------- "7:33!!!"
Touya kept looking at his wrist watch. "Where is she?"
he looked at his watch once again. He raised his head as soon as he heard her footsteps. He was shocked by the sight of his beloved!
She looked exquisite! She was coming down the stairs, looking like a pretty blue bird; small and delicate, beautiful and glowing, with flowing golden wings.
Touya looked at her, his eyes were sparkling, he was so taken back on the beauty of his lovely girlfriend he couldn't do anything but to stare at her with a fool's face.
Kohane reached the bottom of the stairs and looked at him. She, too, was marveled by the sight of that handsome young man. He was wearing a plain kimono, green with a golden obi. The couple was so amazed by the sight of the other that there was nothing to do but to stare at each other.
Touya cleared his throat, and offered his arm to Kohane. "Shall we go?" she said nothing, but simply took her beau's arms and both went outside.
The first thing Kohane saw when they went outside was a little path of light that lead to a cherry blossom tree. They followed it, and then they got to their destination Kohane was surprised when she saw what was lying under the tree.
It was a small picnic for two. There was a blanket lying on the ground, a bento box on it, and a sake container and a couple of cups. There were small glass cups of different colors lighted with small candles inside them hanging from the tree, surrounding their picnic. It was so quiet there that Kohane and Touya were able to enjoy the country side's sounds, nature's lullaby. They sat down and had dinner.
Once they were done with dinner they lied down on the blanket and looked at the sky. "How lovely the sky looks!
thought Kohane. It was the first time Kohane saw a star! It was so beautiful looking at the starry sky; she thought it looked as if the sky was a big piece of silk and the stars were diamonds sewn onto it which sparkled with the borrowed light of the sun.
They were laughing when the awaited show started. Touya got up and blew off the candles. He took Kohane's hand, and guided her to the bottom of the hill where the house was, where there was a telescope.
The comet was going across the sky like anything either of them had seen before! It was like seeing a wishing start shining like the sun yet looking so similar to the moon. Kohane looked at the comet, and Touya looked at her. It was incredible the way her eyes were sparkling, like two drops of morning dew shinning to the bright light of the first dawn. She bent to look through the telescope.
so beautiful!" said Kohane, still looking through telescope.
"But not as breath taken as you!" said Touya looking at her and caressing her hair. Kohane chuckled.
"I am no
" she started to say but stopped herself. She gasped when she saw Touya, knelt down and holding something in his hand.
"Would you marry me, Kohane-chan...?" he asked and opened the small velvet box revealing its precious secret. The tiny stone didn't look like a diamond that night. The pale light of the comet shone of the ring, and it made it look like a star! A bright shining star sparkling in the hands of her lover, a shining star that could belong to her by just answering one question! One question that she wanted to answer ever since she found out she loved Touya.
"I do!" she gave a small laugh. "I would marry you, Touya-kun!"
Touya grinned as he never grinned before in his life. He got up and put the engagement ring in Kohane's finger. A rush of happiness ran through his body, he took her into his arms and kissed her.
Some tears were shed that night, and neither of them could hide the happiness the moment they shared brought upon them. They kissed as the comet passed by, shinning like no other, once in a life time, reflecting the happiness of the moment both lovers shared that bright and enticing starry night...